My entire life I have been a girl without a hobby. Of all the people I’ve known throughout my life, I was the only one who was hobby-less. After all these decades, not saying how many, I have found my hobby calling. When you read my story, you may say I am just a copy cat. Who isn’t in one way or another?
Here's what happened. One of the morning news programs reported the Italian artist, Salvatore Garau, had created an “immaterial sculpture” that sold at auction for $20,000. You did read this correctly. The sculpture is invisible. It is entitled Lo Sono - I am. When I stopped laughing, I went on line to see if it was a joke. No joke.
Garau explains his sculpture is comprised of thoughts and spirit which can have density and take up an amount of space. Imagination is also essential to appreciate this art form. I’m thinking it all may have something to do with quantum physics and Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle. Don’t ask.
Believe it or not he had another one – Buddha In Contemplation - at the Piazza Dell La Scala in Milan. It was outlined by tape on a stone walk. Hold on, we’re not done yet. His Aphrodite Cries has been placed in front of the New York Stock Exchange. There is a white circle on the ground where the sculpture can be viewed. With one’s inner eye, I suppose.
You might wonder who is crazier – the artist or the person who paid $20,000 for a piece of immaterial art. It might be a toss up. Then again,Garau may be part genius pulling this off. BTW, a set of instructions went with Lo Sono. It was to be displayed in a private home in an area of 150 cm by 150 cm with no obstruction around it. Of course, there should be nothing to impede absorbing the full scope of this masterpiece.
Now back to my story. This tale of conceptual art gave me an idea. Before I lost my eyesight I did enjoy painting now and then. Obviously that has not been an option these past years. Why not take up immaterial painting? All I need is an easel and my thoughts and spirit. It seemed that an actual easel would be a good idea to provide boundaries to work within. Real paint and brushes are superfluous when creating from some quantum physics state of imagining. Yes! Immaterial painting would be my long sought after hobby. In fact, I will start today by painting peonies in a vase using varying shades of pink.
It would be very much like Van Gogh’s Sunflowers in a vase using varying shades of yellow and nothing else. Sunflowers had special meaning to Van Gogh. They represented gratitude to him. Peonies are special to me. They bring back happy memories of my childhood. My peonies memories elicit joy, simplicity, whimsy, light heartedness. At very, very long last, I have a Hobby. Go figure.
There are three morals to this story:
One: If you don’t love and enjoy what you are doing, stop doing it. Something will call your name. When you hear that call, listen.
Two: Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. - Albert Einstein
Three: A hobby may not always need to be a physical activity. Treating others with respect, kindness, compassion, lending a helping hand whenever possible and having fun along the way seems like a pretty good hobby to me.
Comments are welcomed.